Sisi invited to visit Germany in June
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi (R) talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a bilateral meeting on the sideline of the 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos - REUTERS
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CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has been invited to visit Germany in June by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement Monday.

Visiting German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier convoyed Merkel’s greetings, affirming his country’s interest in enhancing relations with Egypt in all fields, the statement added.

“Sisi’s upcoming visit will be important to enhance cooperation, counterterrorism, and the state of law,” said Steinmeier after his meeting with Sisi.

Both sides discussed bilateral relations, particularly in the economic field; Steinmeier stated following the meeting that President Sisi promised to solve all problems face German companies in Egypt, according to the statement.

The talks tackled counterterrorism, regional issues, as well as immigration.

“The two sides also discussed the Iranian nuclear agreement and its impact on the security of the Gulf. The President emphasized Egypt’s support for Arab Gulf countries in the face of any threats,” Alaa said.

Egypt is a major host of Syrian refugees, with more than 300,000 registered in the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

“The two sides were aligned on the need to reach a political solution to the crises in Syria and Libya, so as to preserve the state and prevent the proliferation of terrorist organizations within their territories,” Youssef said.

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